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The airport is located 16 miles (26 km) west of the center of Seoul. Its Web site offers:
There are two types of taxis at the airport, regular (blue taxis), and deluxe taxis. If you are traveling light and are alone or with one companion, the regular taxis will be fine. The deluxe taxis provide better service (sometimes an English speaking driver), are larger, and provide more luggage space.
The fare for the deluxe is almost twice that of the regular, but depending on your situation, may be worth it. Regular taxi fare for the major hotels is about 25,000 won ($20). Deluxe taxi fare is about 47,000 won ($38). The airport Web site estimates lesser amounts, but they are optimistic. Travel time to the major hotels will be from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the location and the traffic.
The best way from the airport is the Korean Airlines (KAL) Bus. KAL buses leave frequently from all terminals and go to all the major hotels in Seoul. There is a sign at the bus stop showing the routes and stops for specific hotels. Tickets are sold at the KAL bus counter inside the terminal. The fare is a very reasonable 6,200 won ($5), a big savings over a taxi. Travel time is almost the same as a taxi30 to 90 minutes, depending on your stop and the traffic.
Express buses leaves from in front of the arrivals hall. The buses travel two routes and go to various city center hotels and other destinations. To check if one of these buses goes near your hotel, inquire at the information desk. The fare is 1,100 won (90 cents) and the buses leave very frequently throughout the day. These are public buses, so there's not much luggage space and they're not as comfortable as the KAL buses.
Mini-van service to the Korea City Air Terminal (KCAT) is provided from the airport. This is an option if your hotel is in the center of the city. The Inter-Continental Hotel is next to the KCAT, and from there you can take a taxi to your final destination. The buses leave frequently and the fare is 6,200 won ($5). Travel time to the KCAT is about 30 to 90 minutes.
Avis, Hertz, National, and other local firms are represented at the airport. However, driving in Seoul is very stressful, and the road and directional signs are rarely in English. Many hotels have cars and drivers for hire, which is a much easier way to get around the city.
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Adapted from How to Get Out of the Airport